12 Day Best of South America
12 Day Best of South America
View a myriad of wonder on a journey that brings you to the heart of three of South America’s most prestigious cities. Embrace the flamboyant nature of Rio de Janeiro, walk the sophisticated winding streets of Buenos Aires, and explore the elegant vineyards of beautiful Valparaiso.
Tour highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the carnival nightlife of Rio de Janeiro.
  • See one of The New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer.
  • Marvel at the cascading waters of the Iguassu Falls.
  • Visit the charming and sophisticated neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.
  • Taste some of South America’s most popular wine vintages in Valparaiso.
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Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro where you will be met and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Copacabana Beach.
  • Standard: Windsor Atlantica Hotel
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
Spend the morning at leisure in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro, a city known for its lively atmosphere and carnival culture. Join the travel director later for a more in-depth tour of the city’s cultural backdrop, from the colonial Canelaria Church to the more modern Sambodromo Opera House.  Take a walk around Flamengo Park before reaching the beautiful summit of Sugarloaf Mountain via cable car, where you can look upon the wondrous cityscape with its coastline and beaches.
  • Standard: Windsor Atlantica Hotel (B)
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro
Journey today to the peak of Corcovado hill, the site of The Statue of Christ the Redeemer; one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which stands looking down upon the city. Afterwards, head over to the sands of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches before enjoying a Highlight Lunch at a local eatery. Spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure, revisiting some of the landmarks or discovering all new ones for yourself.
  • Standard: Windsor Atlantica Hotel (B,L)
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro
Take today to explore and further familiarise yourself with the city of Rio, perhaps try some of the local delicacies or browse the boutiques and shopping outlets of the inner city. In the evening you will learn how to make the national Brazilian cocktail, Caipirinha, followed by a traditional barbecue dinner at a churrascaria. Embrace the Rio spirit as you enjoy the entertainment of a lively show of Samba.
  • Standard: Windsor Atlantica Hotel (B,D)
Day 5: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls
Brazil’s fine jewellery and gemstones are renowned the world over, and in the morning you will watch the process of turning the rough, raw metal and gemstone materials into beautiful, extravagant works of art and design. Afterwards, catch a flight to the majestic Iguassu Falls, a body of rushing water that straddles the border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. In the evening you are welcome to a welcome dinner with your travel companions.
  • Standard: Mabu Thermas and Resort (B,D)
Day 6: Iguassu Falls
Take a tour of Iguassu National Park, filled with rare and exotic species of both flora and fauna, further emphasising the tropical nature of the world that surrounds you. Spend the morning exploring the base of the Brazilian side of the falls as you cut through the rainforest. Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at a nearby restaurant with a beautiful view of the falls before spending the afternoon at your leisure.
  • Standard: Mabu Thermas and Resort (B,D)
Day 7: Iguassu Falls – Buenos Aires
Cross over into Argentina and acquaint yourself with the lay of the land at the Vistors Centre. View the falls from a unique perspective as you ride the Ecological Jungle Train to the Devils Throat. Catch a flight afterwards to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s amazing capital, filled with gourmet eateries, cultural landmarks, intricately designed colonial buildings, as well as grand museums and theatres. Enjoy a late afternoon buffet followed by a talk and presentation by a local expert on the lifestyles and traditions of the Argentineans.
  • Standard: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (B,D)
Day 8: Buenos Aires
Join a local guide on a thorough tour of the fervent city and birthplace of the Tango. Visit the colourful, art district of La Boca, and the famous open-air market of San Telmo, as well as the parks and cafes of Palermo. Visit the shop of a local leather artisan who will show you how he creates his leather goods and local specialities. Call in at the elegant Recoleta, the resting place of Eva Peron, Argentina’s former first lady. Spend the afternoon at your leisure before accompanying your fellow guests for a Be My Guest experience at the residence of a family who inhabit the chic district of Palermo Soho. Enjoy some of the local wine vintages, and dine on local home-cooked cuisine as you learn how to knead bread like a pro.
  • Standard: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (B)
Day 9: Buenos Aires
Enjoy a leisurely morning, familiarising yourself with the ‘Paris of South America’. Be sure to visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in the Recoleta neighbourhood or relax in some of the finest cafes in the city, including the famed Cafe Tortoni. Take the opportunity for an optional tour to visit Uruguay’s Colonia del Sacramento, home of The Basilica of the Holy Sacrament and a number of museums. Another optional tour takes you to the rural ranches of the countryside where cowboys can show you their equestrian skills and educate you on their traditional lifestyles while sharing a parrillada lunch. Enjoy a Highlight dinner in the evening and watch as passionate tango dancers perform for you to some of Argentina’s most beloved musical beats.
  • Standard: Sheraton Libertador Hotel (B,D)
Day 10: Buenos Aires - Santiago
Head to the airport and catch a flight from one beautiful city to another as you cross the Andes to Chile’s capital, Santiago. Journey threough the city with your local guide to see Club Hipico and Parque O'Higgins before driving along Alameda Avenue to pay a visit to the Plaza de Armas. Continue on with a climb of San Cristobal Hill to gaze out across the city and see the peaks of the Andes from this marvellous vantage point and finally settle in to your city hotel for the evening.
  • Standard: InterContinental Santiago (B)
Day 11: Santiago - Valparaiso
Head on over to the coastal city of Valparaiso, a historically significant port for ships travelling between oceans. Call in at a local Chilean winery in the afternoon to sample some of the most famous wines produced this side of the world before returning to Santiago for a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers.
  • Standard: InterContinental Santiago (B,D)
Day 12: Depart Santiago
Return to the airport today for your flight back home.
  • Standard: (B)
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 12 nights First Class accommodation
  • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu, Iguassu to Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires to Santiago,including porter service at all airports
  • A Trafalgar bonus  guaranteed late hotel check-out until 6 p.m. in Santiago on Day 13
  • 21 Meals:  12 Full Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 evening meals
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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